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Friday, March 20, 2009

GrabPERF Search Index - March 13-19 2009

About four years ago, I published/posted a number of indices related to GrabPERF data. This is a re-launch of that, starting with the GrabPERF Search Performance Index.

The methodology of the Search Performance Index is straightforward: A number of key search providers are selected and HTTP GET requests are sent that directly pull the results page of a query page that is searching for 'New York'.

This is a simple process and one that is a close approximation of the actual search process that hundreds of millions of people perform every day.
alias                       Response Time  Success  Attempts  Success Rate
-------------------------- ------------- ------- -------- ------------
SEARCH - Google Blogsearch 0.2822545 27242 27244 99.9927
SEARCH - Google 0.3151932 27228 27247 99.9303
SEARCH - Live (Microsoft) 0.3840097 27245 27246 99.9963
SEARCH - Indeed 0.4112960 27240 27241 99.9963
SEARCH - Yahoo 0.4574381 24175 24175 100.0000
SEARCH - Altavista 0.4592764 23922 23922 100.0000
SEARCH - Cuil 0.6757475 23963 23967 99.9833
SEARCH - AOL 0.7822945 23913 23913 100.0000
SEARCH - Ask 0.9025220 24157 24163 99.9752
SEARCH - Technorati 0.9053472 27219 27234 99.9449
SEARCH - Amazon 1.3251402 27245 27251 99.9780
SEARCH - Baidu 1.7409345 23777 23799 99.9076
SEARCH - Blogdigger 1.8960633 25106 26354 95.2645
SEARCH - BlogLines 2.0238809 27233 27248 99.9450
SEARCH - IceRocket 2.1233684 24147 24177 99.8759
SEARCH - Blogpulse 2.4144131 27019 27247 99.1632

As can be seen in the data, there is a substantial degree of difference in the response time results, but the big three search providers (Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft Live) were in the top five. As well, all but three of the providers (Blogdigger, IceRocket and Blogpulse) had success rates (availability) of 99.9% or higher.

I don't expect to see much in the way of change in these results, but I will post them for comparison each week.

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